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Good Samaritan announces JumpStart

Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is offering a new program called “JumpStart,” designed to help participants better manage blood pressure.

High blood pressure, also known as “the silent killer” leads to many life-threatening conditions, such as heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Even a small decrease in blood pressure can make a big difference to one's health. The program is currently seeking 40 individuals to be part of its inaugural cohort of this exciting new program.

The program is designed to reduce participants' blood pressure, heart rate and weight over the course of an interactive eight-week class. Participants will improve their understanding of heart health and gain better eating and exercise habits. Plus, participants will get free healthy snacks, materials and gifts each week.

Classes run from May to December—both evening and daytime groups. Spring groups will start meeting in May.

May 6 – June 25 (enroll by May 1) *Mondays from 6-8 p.m. or Tuesdays from 10 a.m.- noon.

July 8 – Aug 30 (enroll by July 1)

Sept 2 – Oct 25 (enrollment opens in August)

Oct 28 – Dec 20 (enrollment opens in September)

Good Samaritan is leading the development, administration, and clinical education for this exciting new program, and partnering with several others to make it happen:

New Beginning Therapeutic Services - health coaching and exercise;

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service - nutrition education;

Pickens County Recreation Center - classroom facilities; and

Kaiser Permanente - program funding.

Take the first step now to a healthier lifestyle through JumpStart. Contact Helen Harris by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (706) 250-2508

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